‘India plans to vaccinate 20 million doses of corona to six countries including Nepal’

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Kathmandu: According to the Times of India, India is planning to vaccinate its neighbors against 20 million doses of corona virus (Covid-19).

Citing a government official about the vaccine export, it is mentioned in the news that six countries including Nepal will get the vaccine. India is the world’s largest producer of vaccines.

As per India’s plan, the vaccines will be procured by domestic companies from Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech and exported to Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Seychelles and Mauritius. However, the plan is still under discussion. It is mentioned in the news that some of the exports will be provided free of cost.

As per the plan, the first batch of Corona vaccine will be exported within the next two weeks. Only then will India export the vaccine to countries including Latin America and Africa.

Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute have not given any information in this regard. Earlier, Adar Poonawala, CEO of Serum Institute, said in an interview that the vaccine made in India could be exported only in March. The Serum Institute is producing corona vaccines developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, while Bharat Biotech has developed its own corona vaccines.

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